The Best Pizza Delivery in Oak Park

A cry for help

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By David Hammond

Few weeks ago, we ordered some pizza pies from a well-known Oak Park purveyor.

What arrived at our door was crap, an insult to this noble Italian food: pre-made crust, loads of tasteless cheese, close to zero seasoning, fatty and pointless sausage. A waste of time, money, and belly real estate.

So, I’m putting out this cry for help.

Can you please tell me about your favorite place for ordering delivery pizza?

Please, no De Giorno jokes. I just need recommendations about local places that serve a good pie.

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Neighbor from Oak Park  

Posted: July 31st, 2013 10:05 PM

Eduardo's Natural Pizza on North Ave. in Oak Park have very very wonderful deep dish pizza. My relatives from Georgia always ask if we can have it for a special treat. Even ordered several for a family Christmas party. No complaints.

Roger from Forest park  

Posted: July 31st, 2013 8:38 PM

The liquor store near Cesar's pizza (loved it, the sausage pizza was the best!) on Randolph in Forest Park was Phil's Liquors. Phil was a good to all and he lived right in the neighborhood.

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 30th, 2012 1:05 PM

Deep dish may actually have the advantage (in this context) of being a little less crisp than thin crust pizza, Mari, and so if it's delivered, it may not feel as "soggy" as the pizza Mimi gets from Spizzico (assuming she gets thin crust).

Mari from Oak Park  

Posted: January 30th, 2012 12:47 PM

Another vote for Old World Pizza's deep dish pizza. Best deep dish in the area by far.

Mimi  

Posted: January 30th, 2012 7:45 AM

Every time we get pizza delivered from Spizzico, it's soggy.

Mimi  

Posted: January 30th, 2012 7:44 AM

Puree's is my kids' favorite pizza. Plus, purchases on Wednesday benefit Beye School throughout the year (thanks, Puree!) Weve never had their delivery!

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 30th, 2012 7:14 AM

"It's not tipping I believe in," Q, as Steve Martin said in My Blue Heaven, "It's over-tipping." Still, I doubt that we order delivery pizza frequently enough to establish a reputation of any sort with drivers (among whom, I'm guessing, there's fairly high turnover). I have no recollection of Cesar's, unfortunately; sorry I missed it.

Marty B from Oak Park  

Posted: January 28th, 2012 10:34 AM

Puree's on Lake for stuffed. I had the best stuffed pizza in my life several years ago from there - marinated garlic. Mancini's on Lake makes a very thin NY style pizza that I enjoy. Anthony's on Cermak Rd is good. As mentioned by others, Spizzico and Salerno's are good.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: January 28th, 2012 9:55 AM

Good call, OP Child. Cesar's was excellent. Do you remember the small package liquor store next door? I can't think of the name.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 27th, 2012 11:39 PM

David Hammond, if you aren't a tipper or lack a decent tip, the drivers know that, and that may be why your cheese left the crust on one of the drivers fast right or left turns. Try Salerno's, they make a good pizza.

OP Child of the 70's from Oak Park  

Posted: January 27th, 2012 4:04 PM

The best pizza ever in the area was Cesar's Pizza on Randolph w of DesPlaines. Great thin crust, fresh toppings, fast free delivery to OP, and a family friendly dining room. The Cesario's were great people, too. Really miss that place. Today, it's Jimmy's Place and Salerno's....

ref  

Posted: January 27th, 2012 2:41 PM

Home Made Pizza Co. They deliver--you have to heat it up, but it's worth it, and so so good. Beats the soggy/burnt stuff you get around town. Also, believe it or not, their whole wheat crust is delicious! I wouldn't have believed it, but my health-freak spouse ordered it, and I was hungry so I had to try it. YUM.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: January 27th, 2012 1:31 PM

Dan, I delivered for Pat's Pizza when it operated at the same address back in the early 70s. My folks rarely ordered out for our family of nine. We were "treated" on occasion to John's frozen cheese pizza that my mother had purchased from Jim's Finer Foods. I was a stockboy there in the 60s.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: January 27th, 2012 1:10 PM

Jim, Pizza Pallazo from Madison Street may reopen? That would be great. Before that the place was called Pizza Maker. Also great. Anyone remember what was in that location way back when? The 1960s. I think of it as the first pizza parlor in Oak Park. Not that my family bought a single meal out during that 6-kids and Mrs. Paul's fish sticks era.

Joan Filbin from Oak Park  

Posted: January 27th, 2012 1:01 PM

The best pizza and delievery is Spizzico on North Ave. in Elmwood Park. The crust is thin and crispy and the sausage is some of the very best I have had. The cheese is plentiful and fresh tasting. Try it, you'll like it. Joan

20 year Bertolli's Fan from Oak Park  

Posted: January 25th, 2012 4:43 PM

I am of a school of thought that I'd have to be near death to have food delivered. That said you will never receive "crap" from Bertolli's, Spizzico, or Salerno's.

Woody Mosgers from Chicago  

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 3:03 PM

There are no good pizza places in Oak Park so the request for delivery is mute. Jimmy's Place on Madison has great basic pizza and I believe they now deliver. Antiqo (sp) Forno in EWP on North just east of Binny's has wood oven and wonderful 10" pizza and terrific food too.

Resident from Oak Park  

Posted: January 20th, 2012 9:56 PM

Lately we have been liking the 2 for 1 pizza deal on Tuesday nights at Trattoria 225, but you have to dine-in or carry out. It's thin crust and ready in about 15-20 minutes. We've liked LaBella's pizza for delivery, or Giordano's in the past. Nice to hear about other places on this discussion.

Phil Pittman from Oak Park  

Posted: January 20th, 2012 8:36 PM

20 years ago our son was managing Geppettos and they were tops in Chicago. Our son went on to greener pastures and Gepppettos quality and consistency has suffered. I would highly recommend Old World Pizza in Elmwood Park for deep dish/pan and probably Amatos for thin crust.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: January 19th, 2012 4:02 PM

I miss Pizza Palazzo. The phone message indicates they plan to reopen. An excellent thin crust pie and never a problem with delivery. Stuffed pizza by Giordano's is good and they get to your home in a hurry.

M on Ridgeland from Oak Park  

Posted: January 19th, 2012 3:07 PM

Albano's on Roosevelt Rd in Cicero. They have been good. Salerno's and Jimmy's too. Geppetto's is good for pan or stuffed. The thin was terrible also they run inconsistent too. Bertoli River pizza we have liked also!

Nelson from River Forest   

Posted: January 18th, 2012 7:00 PM

Npt only does Bertoli have great pizza, he is a very nice guy to all.

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 18th, 2012 6:51 PM

Bertolli's is definitely a place we should try: it's local, been by a hundred times; never ordered from them, but will. Geppetto's has been inconsistent for me; I've had great pizza there, but it seemed to decline at one point (or maybe I just hit them on a bad day). Old World I didn't know existed - appreciate all the hints.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: January 18th, 2012 4:34 PM

Try Bertolli's River Pizza in the little strip mall on Lake Street in RF. I'm talking delivery. The dining room is well ...

Pete Prokopowicz  

Posted: January 18th, 2012 4:26 PM

I really like Armand's but their prices are outrageous. I like Old World's pan pizza. Their thin crust is middle of the road.

Marty J. Stempniak from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: January 18th, 2012 3:37 PM

I'm partial to Labella, Geppetto's and Salerno's in no particular order.

Dave Coulter  

Posted: January 18th, 2012 3:16 PM

Spizzico's

NO DOUBT  

Posted: January 18th, 2012 2:18 PM

SALERNOS. Amazing don't waste your time with anything else.

Sarah Corbin from OP  

Posted: January 18th, 2012 1:44 PM

I should also say that Amato's will do your pizza extra crispy if you like it that way. And on request will pie cut. Amato's in Chicago on Harlem

Sarah Corbin from OP  

Posted: January 18th, 2012 1:43 PM

Amato's - love them. Sometimes Jimmy's place.

Shopper  

Posted: January 18th, 2012 1:32 PM

Costco- Pick up only. 18" any kind you want. $10.90 out the door. Pre order and pick up. Not the 'best' ever but worth every penny.

Mares from River Forest  

Posted: January 18th, 2012 1:27 PM

Old World Pizza in Elmwood Park, by far. 7230 W. North Ave (towards the back of the strip mall). Small place, a few tables if you prefer to dine in. I have been ordering from there for at least 15 years.

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